This year, the Big Garden Bird Watch is going to be huge so why not get involved?
Copied directly from the ‘RSPB’ website, here’s a little more information about the History of where it all began:
‘Let’s rewind the clock and start at the beginning!
It’s 1979 and we’re looking for a simple winter activity that our junior membership can get involved in. As it’s likely to be cold and the evenings dark, we think a weekend activity in the garden would be best.
So, we asked our members to count the birds in their gardens, all at the same time, so we could work out what the UK’s top 10 most common garden birds are.
Biddy Baxter – then editor of Blue Peter – liked the idea so much that she featured the survey on one of the programmes. We only expected a few hundred children to take part but, thanks to Biddy’s coverage, we actually received more than 34,000 forms!
And that’s how our ‘one-off’ activity grew into the regular event it is today. Although it wasn’t until 2001 that we invited adults to join in the fun, too.’
The Big Garden Birdwatch takes place at the end of January each year (26-28 January 2019). It takes place over three days, so if you’re busy over the weekend or perhaps the weather’s bad, you have the option of a third day!
Why not take place in the Big Garden Birdwatch and add images to show us what you’ve spotted, use the hashtag #BigGardenBirdwatch and #JocoGifts in the same caption!